Five Food Trends in 2014

Go to Cyber Hub in Gurgaon, walk down the Singapore look-alike walkway with restaurants and cafes on either side, settle down in Sodabottleopenerwala for a Berry Pulao and Tamota Papeta Per Eeda (eggs poached on a bed of tomato and potato). You will have experienced two of the strongest food trends of 2014. The first…

The Srinagar Conspiracy

It’s not that the author is a television journalist who has crossed the floor. It’s not that Kashmir is seldom used as a backdrop for novels. It’s not even that the thriller is a little explored genre in Indian writing in English. The Srinagar Conspiracy is a compulsive page turner because it’s that felicitous meeting…

Chicken 65

“Chicken 65 a typically Bangalorean dish,” restaurateurs of that city will tell you with supreme conviction, “called so because you ought to be able to cut the chicken into 65 pieces.” Hyderabadis, on the other hand, believe that Chicken 65 was born in their city. “65 is the number of spices that used to be…

Sweet Meats and Other Treats

A recent banquet that was hosted by Major SSH Rehman, Director, ITC Ltd., showcased the best of regional Indian food. Amidst the haleems and qaliyas, there was a curiosity counter. Its contents? Desserts made respectively from eggs, dal, lamb and chicken. Unusual? Most avowedly so. But was it good to taste? Yes, certainly, because the…

The wonderful world of recipe books

Enter any bookshop and you’ll invariably find that the most attractive section is the one on recipe books. Most cooks – amateur and professional – have an array of well-thumbed recipe books, which range from the strictly functional sort, with not a single illustration or photograph in it, to the glossy page variety, with one…

Uzuri

Delhi’s first restaurant with African flavours Intro: An exciting, unique blend of familiar flavours and completely unusual tastes in this carnivore’s paradise. Atmospherics: A lift from the ground floor leads you to the second and third floors where Uzuri is situated. The animal theme is all around you: on the walls as leopard prints, more…

Urban Cafe

If there was a beauty pageant for the best looking restaurant in Khan Market, the prize would probably go to Urban Café. The lower floor has a stylish-meets-decadence look with a few overstuffed armchairs and black and white flooring, while the upper floor has a totally different appearance and caters to a different segment altogether.…

Visionnaire Cafe

Cuisine: Italian Blurb: Straight from Milan is this café next door to a designer furnishings showroom. Visionnaire Café really does try to make a difference in Gurgaon. Especially in terms of the concept: a café next door to a luxury furniture showroom selling the designs of Ipe Cavalli and Fendi. Both are prototypes of the…